Wednesday 23 August 2017

Media reports about Brexit talks with Juncker are just 'Brussels gossip' - says Theresa May

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes Head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to Downing Street. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes Head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to Downing Street. Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images
British Prime Minister Theresa May Picture: PA

Gavin Cordon

Theresa May has dismissed claims she is at loggerheads with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker over her Brexit negotiating strategy as just "Brussels gossip".

The Prime Minister came under fire following reports Mr Juncker walked out of talks last week in Downing Street saying he was "10 times more sceptical than before".

Opposition parties warned the UK was heading for a "disastrous hard Brexit" after a detailed account in the German press of their dinner suggested Mr Juncker left fearing the negotiations would end in failure.

But campaigning in Ormskirk in Lancashire, Mrs May brushed off the claims insisting that they were at odds with what the commission had said about the meeting.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Picture: PA
British Prime Minister Theresa May Picture: PA

"From what I have seen of this account, I think it is Brussels gossip," she said.

"Look at what the European Commission themselves said immediately after the dinner took place which was that the talks had been constructive."

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